- By Paige Petrone
- Photos Courtesy of The CW Network
When I was in high school I fondly remember living vicariously through the lives of my favorite nighttime soaps Dallas, Knots Landing and the grandest of them all, Dynasty.
The original Dynasty was in a league of its own (airing in the 80s) with its large grand mansion and huge staff, the family’s collection of fancy cars and limousines, a stable filled with horses and of course the jewelry and over the top fashion.
All of the characters were colorful. There was Blake (John Forsythe) at the helm of the Carrington family, who married his secretary Krystal (Linda Evans) to his family’s dismay, his loyal, loving but conniving daughter Fallon (Pamela Sue Martin and then later Emma Samms), his angry gay son Steven (Al Corley and then later Jack Coleman), and of course Krystal’s spicy niece Sammy Jo played infamously by Heather Locklear. No one will ever forget her sliding down the mansion’s grand stairway banister in her workout gear! Locklear was Aaron Spelling’s darling and he cast her on several of his shows including the 90s mega-hit primetime soap Melrose Place.
Now, The CW is premiering a new version of the Dynasty. Like the network, the reboot show is hip, slick and “in the know” about what appeals to the younger viewers. This Dynasty is faster than the original and even more luscious with material things. Showing high fashion, style, and lots of sex in the pilot, it promises to deliver a huge audience tuning in each week to watch what happens.
This version is brought to life by the prolific team of Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (The OC and Gossip Girl). The bitch slapping begins on the first episode between Krystal (Nathalie Kelley, The Vampire Diaries) and her soon to be daughter-in-law Fallon (Elizabeth Gillies, Victorious). The new Blake is extremely well cast with the very handsome Grant Show (Melrose Place, Devious Maids). The series features a lot of diversity with James Mackay (Hacksaw Ridge) as Steven, Rafael de La Fuente (Empire) as Sammy Joe, Robert Christopher Riley (Elementary) as Michael the chauffer, Alan Dale (Lost, The O.C.) as Joseph the butler, and Sam Adegoke (Switched at Birth) as Jeff Colby. Dynasty premieres Wednesday, October 11th.
Another new show to be on the lookout for is Valor (premiering October 9th). This military drama starring Matt Barr (Hatfields & McCoys, Hellcats), Christina Ochoa (Animal Kingdom, Blood Drive) and Charlie Barnett (Chicago Fire), brings us a team attempting to get past a failed mission and a story that uncovers government secrets. Unfolding in the present as well as in flashbacks the story involves one of the first female pilots (Ochoa) in the unit. The boundaries between military discipline and the human spirit are put to the test during a season-long plan to rescue a group of MIA soldiers.
To say there is excitement around the upcoming second season of the stylized teen drama Riverdale (October 11th) is an understatement! Having been left on the edge of our seats after season one’s devastating cliffhanger, we will finally learn the fate of Fred Andrews (Luke Perry, Beverly Hills, 90210) who was shot by a masked man at Pop’s in the first season finale. We also see the introduction of Veronica Lodge’s father, Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos, Queen of the South), to the dark town of Riverdale.
More hot returning shows on The CW are Supergirl (October 9th), The Flash (October 10th), Arrow (October 12th), DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (October 10th), Supernatural – in its thirtieth season (October 12th), and Jane The Virgin (October 13th). Being the musical theatre geek I am, I’m in love with Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (October 13th) because Rachel Bloom breaks into song every chance she gets. My kind of show!
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